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Town Centre

Charity event in memory of soldier

WIGAN Cricket Club on Bull Hey, Parsons Walk, is hosting a family fun day to raise money for the 40 Commando Royal Marines on Saturday July 19.

This event is in memory of marine Steven Darbyshire who was killed in Afghanistan four years ago.

Starting from 4pm and lasting until midnight, the event will include live music and singing, raffles, face painting, a bouncy castle and a buffet. There will also be an auction which will include prizes such as a signed Wigan Warriors shirt and a holiday to Tenerife.

Tickets for adults cost £5 and children can attend for free.

Town Centre

Road closures for St George’s Day

ON SUNDAY April 27 there will be number of road closures throughout the town centre to accommodate for the St George’s Day parade celebrations.

The following roads will be closed; Crawford Street, Bishopgate, Hallgate from its junction with Bishopgate to its junction with Market Street, New Market Street, Mesnes Street, Northway from its junction with Powell Street to its junction with Mesnes Street, Standishgate from its junction with Powell Street and Northway to its junction with Mesnes Street and Cromption Street.

The roads are due to be closed for two hours from 10.45am onwards.


Club hosts tribute to comedian

INCE Rose Bridge Rugby Club is hosting an evening of foul mouthed fun with the UK’s number one Roy Chubby Brown tribute act, Ollie Spencer on Saturday April 26 starting from 9pm and lasting until 11pm.

Ollie has appeared on many TV programmes such as New Faces, Tiswas and the original Comedians. He is also a familiar and much-loved face at clubs and holiday resorts across Europe.

Supporting acts include Harry Bristow and David Johnson. Tickets for the event cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door.



Attic sale at church

CROOKE Methodist Church will hold an attic sale on May 10.

Starting at 9am and running until 1pm, admission will be 20p.

Anyone wishing to book a table should ring 0779 256 6787 for more information.


Dawn chorus walk

LANCASHIRE Wildlife Trust is holding and promoting a number of dawn chorus walks giving nature lovers an opportunity to learn about the birds on their doorstep.

A bird song identification day takes place at Haigh Hall in Wigan this Saturday, April 26.

This is a free session but booking is essential on 01942 726214. It begins at 8am and finishes at 1pm.

New Springs

New dance school

A new dance school has opened at Holy Family Parish Centre on Cale Lane.

The Elizabeth Grimshaw School of Dance will specialise in ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Street Dance.

The school will open its doors for the first time on April 27 for an open day where any prospective students can head down and have a chat with Elizabeth, look round the studio and receive their welcome pack.

Lessons will begin Thursday, May 1.

Call Elizabeth on 07792 871 332 or email for further information and to book a place.


Church variety event

A VARIETY Evening is to be held at St Anne’s parish centre this Friday at 7.30pm.

It will include items to commemorate two important dates in St Anne’s Church’s history, 100 years and 75 years since the start of the First and Second World Wars.


Bereavement group

A BEREAVEMENT support group is to be re-established within St Marie’s parish for parishioners. The first

meeting will be in St Marie’s presbytery on Monday, May 12 at 7.30pm.



Society needs support

THE Ashton Mencap Society is hosting its Spring Fayre next month and is asking for members of the community for assistance.

The activities take place on Saturday May 10 at St Thomas’s Church Hall, starting at 10.30am.

Organisers are keen to attract as many guests as possible as the fayre is the society’s main fund-raising event of the year.

There will be home-made cakes and crafts stalls plus a raffle with a main prize of a £150 Tesco voucher. Runners-up will receive a £50 voucher.

Light refreshments will be available throughout the day at the church hall.

Worsley Mesnes and Poolstock

Works will cause traffic disruptions

UNITED Utilities engineers will be carrying out maintenance work to replace a manhole cover and frame on Poolstock Lane.

Located near to the junction with Marus Avenue, temporary traffic signals are expected to be in operation on Sunday May 11.

For more information about upcoming road closures contact Wigan Council’s Network Management Team on 01942 489302.

Ashton and Bryn

Toddler class looking for members

THE Children’s Centre at Ashton is hosting a brand new weekly class for pre-walking babies.

Baby Babble starts on Monday May 12 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the centre on Wigan Road.

There is a £2.50 charge per child per class and pre-booking and payment are essential.

For more information, contact the centre on 01942 723965.



Road closures for St George’s Day parade

MOTORISTS are advised to take alternative routes away from Leigh town centre as the Lilford District Scouts take part in the annual walking parade for St George’s Day this weekend.

The parade will start at around 1pm on Sunday April 27 and the road closures will last for around four hours.

Chapel Street will be closed from its junction with Turner Street to the junction at Queen Street, while the entire lengths of Queen Street, Bradshawgate and Market Street will all be shut.

Market Place will be closed from the Market Street junction to the turning into St Mary’s Way, which will be shut along its entire length. Lord Street and Lord Street South will also be entirely barred to traffic.


Magical puppet show for all the family

THE Norwich Puppet Company will bring their latest family-friendly show Three Colours to Leigh Library this week.

Audiences will be taken on a magical journey using lights, colours and music as part of the company’s national tour on Friday April 25.

The show is suitable for children aged two and up, and there are shows at 11am and 2pm.

Tickets cost £1 but places must be booked in advance. Call Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) on 01942 404404 to reserve a place.


Disability support information day

RESIDENTS will be given an insight into the support available for people with disabilities at an information day.

The Moving On event, to be held at the Leigh Miners’ Welfare Institute, will offer advice on education and training opportunities, taster sessions and demonstrations from local disability organisations and more than 50 stalls.

The event will take place at the Kirby Road venue just off Twist Lane on Thursday May 15 from 1pm until 7pm.

For more information ring 01942 489490 or 01942 489485 or email



An uplifting song experience

A MUSICAL concert – Raise The Roof – will be held at St John’s Church, in Pemberton, on Saturday May 3 from 7pm.

The event will feature folk group The Huers and St John’s School and Dramatics Society.

Tickets are £5 or £3 for concessions and refreshments are available.

All money raised will go towards replacing the lead which was stolen from the church roof earlier this year.


Time to spring clean your car

BISPHAM Methodist Church, on the corner of Up Holland Road and Crank Road, is holding a coffee morning with a car wash on Saturday, April 26 from 10am to noon. There will be stalls selling books, household and end of line goods. Refreshments, including bacon and sausage butties, will be available and there is also a tool-sharpening service where people can leave items and collect them later.

Robin Park

‘Nearly new’ baby and toddler wear sale

THERE will be a Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale at Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, on Sunday April 27 from noon until 2pm.

Items include baby and toddler clothes and accessories.

For more information, visit or call 0776 674 2166.


Have a coffee and a chat

ST Andrew’s Church is hosting a coffee morning in the parish centre in Woodhouse Lane, on Friday April 25, from 10am until noon.

All money raised will go towards raising awareness of epilepsy.


Change of date for temporary signals

UNITED Utilities were due to carry out works to replace a manhole cover and frame at Ormskirk Road near to the junction with Lichfield Street last Sunday.

But the work is now scheduled for Sunday May 11. As a result, temporary traffic signals will be in operation.


Church meeting

ST Aidan’s Parochial Church Council meeting takes place on Sunday, April 27 following the 10.30am service.

Attendees will be choosing churchwardens and elect members to the PCC.


Alpha course

ALPHA is a series of interactive sessions to discuss the Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment.

Anyone interested can pop along for the first session in St Mark’s CE Primary School at 7pm on Tuesday May 13.


Chance to set up new fun events

PEMBERTON Community Association is looking for new ideas for events for children or adults. If anyone has any suggestions, e-mail

Robin Park

A date to donate

PEOPLE can give blood at DW Stadium, Loire Drive, on Monday May 12 between 1.15pm and 3.30pm and again from 5.15pm to 7.30pm.

To book an appointment, or to find out more information, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Beech Hill

Call for line dancing

A line dancing class takes place at St Anne’s Church every Monday from 8pm until 10.30pm. For more information call Janet on 01257 253462.